Benedict Cumberbatch dropped out of ‘Crimson Peak’ & no one knows why

Now that I’m an out-and-proud Cumberbitch, I get emails from fellow Cumberbitches who hope that I will help them “ship” Cumby with various ladies. The word around The Cumber Collective is that the Russian girl is no good for him, and that he needs to try a relationship with a full-fledged movie star. Many Cumberbitches were preemptively “shipping” Cumby and Jessica Chastain. Jessica and Ben were scheduled to begin filming Crimson Peak in January, and I guess people hoped that their eyes would meet… and the lust would grow… and suddenly, Cumberbatch and a ginger would be making babies. They would have the palest children ever. Anyway, that dream has just died. Cumby pulled out of Crimson Peak and no one knows why:

Benedict Cumberbatch has exited Crimson Peak, the Legendary horror movie being directed by Guillermo del Toro. No reason for his departure was given, although sources say his exit is not due to another project.

Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska remain on board to star in the four-hander gothic horror story that centers on a woman who discovers that her husband might not be who he appears to be.

Peak is scheduled to shoot in January, and the exit at this early stage gives del Toro plenty of time to find a replacement. The filmmaker has already shown he can roll with the punches when he quickly cast Wasikowska after Emma Stone fell off the movie.

Cumberbatch is entering a busy period where many of his completed films will hit screens. Dreamworks’ The Fifth Estate kicks off the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years a Slave opens on Oct. 18, while the all-star August: Osage County opens Dec. 25.

He is also voicing the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and is in preproduction on The Imitation Game, in which he will portray gay cryptographer Alan Turing.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

I have several theories as to why Cumby would drop out. Shall I make a listicle? Let’s make a listicle!

Theory #1: Cumby didn’t want to hook up with Jessica Chastain. He prefers darker girls, perhaps half-Indian blogger types with big boobs.

Theory #2: Crimson Peak might be a mess. And Guillermo del Toro might be too scattered to focus on fixing it.

Theory #3: Cumby actually wanted to take a break after working non-stop for years.

Theory #4: Cumby is convinced that he’ll be on the awards circuit during the same time frame, so he’s leaving his schedule open so he can properly launch his Oscar campaign.

Theory #5: He thought it was a sequel to Crimson Tide and he was disappointed that Denzel Washington wasn’t on board.

Theory #6: He’s going to be filming 50 Shades of Grey instead. HAHAHA.

Theory #7: He’s giving up acting to pursue sign-making and sign-holding-up full time.

Theory #8: He got a better script or a better project.

Theory #9: He wants the time to properly pursue that Russian woman. NOOOOoo!

Theory #10: He’s pregnant. Obviously.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Sixer says:

    Because his good mate Hiddles doesn’t have any upcoming roles. Crimson Peak is the crumbs from his table!

    I love your list, Kaiser, but it needs this one. It’s my favourite.

  2. Maureen says:

    Del Toro thought he was clever carrying on about the kink factor. I just don’t see BC doing kink. Sex and nudity, sure (and he has). But not every actor is into kink. He either backed out because of the content or he backed out because the people involved were horrible to be around. My guess.

  3. allons-y alonso says:

    I love those sunglasses and that suit. They would look fantastic on my bedroom floor.

  4. kiki says:

    Oscar campaign! or… pregnat, obviously

  5. Liberty says:

    Because he is super hoping to play Robin to Affleck’s Batman.

  6. T.Fanty says:

    I like #5 and #7.

    And you forgot #11. This is the year he sits outside my front door holding up an extensive series of signs detailing why I should leave Mr. Fanty and go frolic with him and a bottle of whiskey in a forest somewhere.

  7. Amelia says:

    It’s theory #10, blatantly.
    I can just imagine the baby shower Tommyanna would throw for him. Snow White would be put to shame with all the enchanted animals.

  8. Sophie says:

    I’m guessing it’s probably a combination of 2, 3 and 4.

    Although I do like the idea of him and Chastain!

  9. Lucrezia says:

    Do the shippers actually think Jessica and Benedict are a good match or do they just want to snigger over the Cum-stain moniker?

    (I fall in the latter category.)

  10. Mom2two says:

    I think it could be either a combo of 2,3 and 4 or one of them. I would not be surprised if he wanted to take a break. He’s been working pretty steadily now for a while. The article says he did not drop it for another project, I guess we will see in a couple of months if that’s true. I wonder who will replace him?

  11. Mia 4S says:

    Hmmm, dropping out of a project that films early next year? Well if we really want to hit the fanboys while they’re down (over the ridiculous Bstman casting) I’ll start the rumor that it’s because he’s in Star Wars. That’s right fanboys, total Star Trek crossover. Chris Pine’s playing Han Solo’s son and there will be vulcans! ;-)

    Nah, he’s pregnant.

  12. M.A.F. says:

    I thought the film was due to start filming in July not January? Eh. Either way, kind of sad about it even though I do agree with some about seeing him doing any type of kinky role.

  13. MP says:

    He watched Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. I mean, c’mon, have you seen that film?

  14. Karen says:

    Lmao Kaiser those reasons LOL!!

  15. Diana says:

    I actually like him and Chastain together. Yes yes I know shes dating another guy. Yes yes I know she said she would never date actors(never say never). But they looked cute together when I saw pics of them. They are kinda similar career wise. Ok Ok i’m done ..I know. No more cumstain shipping.

  16. MissMary says:

    I’m getting the feeling, from Emma Stone pulling out and now BC, it’s either a hot mess of a script, or it’s not a strong role/film and they want something better.

  17. Felicity says:

    Really don’t know the reason and rumors are the film is a mess but idk… why him dropping out of this role is such a big deal. I mean it would of been bigger news if he had dropped out of the Hobbit or something like that.

  18. Leah says:

    Jessica Chastain has a boyfriend a very handsome one. I never get why everyone is trying to hook her up with cumberbatch or hiddleson?

    • MissMary says:

      Wistful thinking. Esp as Chastain has very frequently and firmly stated she does not like to nor will she again date actors.

      • Maureen says:

        I actually believe her, too. She does not seem to have actor/tress friends and only seems to do “the scene” for work. I believe she doesn’t really like the Hollywood aspect of her job and wants to avoid it all–including building personal relationships with people in it. I kind of wish Benedict had some of that. I don’t believe he has one single “regular” friend. I think they are ALL in the arts either in acting or in music or models, whatever. It’s really a very narrow social life.

  19. Quinn says:

    I might be wrong but I would not be surprised if he was cast in an upcoming Marvel movie, the next bond film, or Star wars 7. I think its to the point where he is on every ones radar in Hollywood. Well almost everybody. But as long as he continues to do Sherlock I’m fine.

  20. grabbyhands says:

    I’m guessing mostly #3 and #4, with a touch of #2.

    I still have faith in GdT and despite Pacific Rim (which I haven’t seen, but have read mixed reviews about), his name still carries some respect in the film world-he’s still generally regarded as a good director.

  21. DeeDee says:

    Maybe he has some morning sickness. Can’t wait to see if it’s a boy or girl.

  22. Jessica says:

    He looks soo good in the pics above.

  23. kyla says:

    I wonder how Cumby would do dating an American or a woman of color. Fassy has no problem in that department. I would like to see him switch it up.

  24. Taylor says:

    I agree. Someone who isn’t in the industry like that he should date. I would hate to be famous. Not knowing if someone wants me for me or wants me for my fame and money.

  25. Melissa says:

    Off topic but looking at the pics above it’s alot of young people. As a fan of Sherlock I never knew this show would have a big fanbase consisting of teenagers-mid to late 20s. Tumblr for example. Glad to see younger ones showing interest in Sherlock Holmes.

  26. vixo says:

    Just imagine Cumby and Cara in 50 Shades of Grey ? Oh Lord …

  27. Abby says:

    He looks delicious in those pics. I seriously wonder what is the reason for leaving the movie?? I have my bets on campaigning for the Oscar

    Anyways I have to say the conversation between Sixer and T.Fanty is hilarious. You guys made my morning :)

  28. Chrissy says:

    So I was browsing Tumblr and came across an interview he did in Japan where they ask him about his dating life and some quick fan girl noticed that in his response at moment 1:05 he says “Ka-ah- past girlfriends” and looks pretty flustered for a moment. It really sounds as though he was about to say “Katia”. If you want to see for yourself the interview is posted by user Shishiza317 and the title is “I don’t think he is rude… Sherlock”

    Just found it interesting and wonder what you awesome Celebitchy ladies would have to say. Y’all had me in stitches the first time this Katia thing made the rounds.

    • Lucy says:

      It’s just a sound. .. I make all sorts of um, er, erck, sounds when im talking. I can’t believe people are making such a big deal about it. I’m so sick of hearing about this awful woman. She’s engineered this with her PR boyfriend and she must be really enjoying the continued nonsense speculations. Particularly seeing as her reality show starts soon.

      • Chrissy says:

        Reality show? What? Seriously?

      • Lucy says:

        ‘Meet the Russians’,
        Reality show about wealthy Russians in London.. Behold the TV ad..

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Oh, God. Her show? How ridiculous. Everyone has a reality show! Do we really not have a single original idea left?

        I want to know what all the TV screenwriters are doing. If they’re not all unemployed & lounging by someone else’s pool, then they’re scripting this awful reality crap.

        Also, the self-described Fashion Bitch is about to debut in a play soon, for which she got “acting lessons” from her Cumber-friend.

      • Lindy79 says:

        He says “ask ..ah past girlfriends” to me.

        If theyre together even if he wants it kept private why would she say shes got a bf (whose all over her instagram) of 4 years. Just say youre single and youre friends.

        This is a bit of a stretch to jump to Katia from a noise…

        That show…urgh, it looks beyond tacky. Honestly and I say this as a huge fan, if it turns out hes dating her, I’ll lose SO much respect for him as a person. Especially as he talks about respecting his privacy. Anyone on those shows is a famewhore of the lowest order. Shes going to be equated with geordie shore and Essex. Some high fashion model (!)

      • Lucy says:

        This is a write up.. It gets worse

        Needless to say, she’s the “Supermodel”
        Dear me.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        I just watched that Meet The Russians clip. I would be more inclined to believe that it was a spoof on reality shows. Is it really a show? Because I cannot believe that was a real commercial for a real show!

        It looked to me like a more polished version of an SNL fake commercial or preview.

        Oh, God—if it’s really a show…..well, we have just lost our minds.

        Does anyone else remember a time when this was how our spoofs & satires looked?

        And now they’re real. I’m off to go bang my head on my desk.

      • Lindy79 says:

        I think its real. During IbizaGate I was looking at her Facebook and she was telling about a reality show about Russians living in London and asking her “fans” to watch it. I thought it was like the agency (show about model agency on channel 4)

      • tizzyfizzy says:

        Well. I find it kind of … ironic? I would guess BC knew about it… I imagine she talks about it, and if they are friends (old or otherwise) I’m sure he’d know if she was filming a reality show.

        Ironic, because it seems like the embodiment of everything BC kind of derides- fame for the sake of fame and attention.

        On the other hand- I can’t fault Katia. If she’s trying to make a living, trying to make money, and trying to make a name for herself, she’s obviously doing the best she can. Not my cup of tea, tho.

      • Sixer says:

        I can’t lie. Girlfriend, FWB, old friend, one of a general friendly group – any of these options say something about Benny’s chosen social circle that I prefer not to think about. I’ve decided to include only evidence of GOOD taste in my thoughts about him.

    • Ginger says:

      Ooh, I just watched that Japanese TV clip and it’s even more telling that he says (about how he is on a date) ‘You should ask Ka – past girlfriends.’

      Having also watched that wretched, hammy clip for Meet The Russians, I am keeping my fingers crossed that ‘Ka’ isn’t at TIFF. The internet may have a complete meltdown. Tumblr will crash and burn!

      • Lucy says:

        Seriously, people are reading far, far too much into one sounds out of his mouth, it’s ridiculous.
        She’s NOT his GF. As reported, she indeed has a BF of 4 years. A hardworking PR man.
        Of course she’s not going to be in Toronto.

      • Chrissy says:

        Not gonna lie, I kind of have my fingers crossed that “Ka” is at TIFF, hands all over Ben, smiling for the cameras and leaving no doubt that they are a couple. The meltdown that would ensue would be AMAZING!!!!!

      • Lucy says:

        Chrissy – What is the evidence that suggests that’s even a possibility? As I keep saying, the boyfriend is not a lie.. He exists. He weirdly, coordinates her publicity, but he does exist.
        And several people have talked about her enigineered FB hints as to her whereabouts.
        She has been playing a game. Whoever he would be in a relationship with, would not be doing that.
        She using the age old technique of attaching yourself to a famous name to gain cheap and quick publicity. And many people have fallen for it.

      • Lindy79 says:

        It genuinely sounds more like a softer sound than “ka” but that’s just me. Good luck to him having a private life if he IS dating her.

      • AnnaL. says:

        I thought we’d ruled Miss Katia out already? She actually came out and denied it and said she had a boyfriend?

        The meltdown would be epic…

        I’m kind of wondering if there IS a girlfriend, we just don’t know about her?

      • Maureen says:

        He does indeed say “Ka – uh – you know, past girlfriends” in that interview, but I think it’s a stretch to think he might have slipped up and almost said *that* name. It was really a dumb question and forced him to give an awkward, strange answer in the first place. “You should ask past girlfriends”, as if that would be a reality. I really hated that interview. It’s much better when they just have fun with him on these shows and don’t ask serious and personal questions.

      • Felice says:

        BELIEVE ME, if she were going to TIFF, she would have cracked and spilled it by now….

      • van says:

        Someone on another site suggested it could have been “Karon”, which is the name of his long-time publicist.

      • Tish says:

        People need proof about the publicist BF? Here’s his twitter account He’s all over her instagram.

        Bio reads: PR lieutenant: Riding the elephant in every room and acting as biographical revisionist to those in need. Commentator, strategist and former child star.

        I mean, COME ON!!!

        Also, really? “Ka”? I personally want blunders like these from celebrities but a “ka” sound? How are we even sure it’s a phoneme and not just a sound? Some fans are desperately imagining things.

    • Kayleigh says:

      I sincerely hope he is getting good advice from people that care about him and he’s not dating her. He’s about to become truly A-list and this girl has a terrible reputation (deserved or not I can’t say but she does) and that’s just something he doesn’t need. He’s above all this nonsense.

    • Tish says:

      LOL! She won’t go to TIFF because she is a serious actress now and she is in a play withing that time frame.

      Seriously though, I think this rather “public friendships” are just that. Public friendships tagged by the tabloid. His closest friends are creatives and are outside the public eye.

  29. Claudia says:

    Damn, that’s a good cast. I’m really curious as to why he would drop out…

    You should add Crimson Rivers to your list. Because, you know… he thought he was doing a movie with the ridiculous hotness of Vincent Cassel and the swoony accent of Jean Reno?

  30. Una says:

    This thread went from him dropping out a movie to his dating life again LOL. Seriously though how old is that video. It looks like that was in July when he was promoting STID in japan which is around the time the russian fiasco went down. Anyway like a poster said yesterday it really is not our business who he dates. Does it make for entertaining gossip? I guess yes..if you are into that stuff.

    Gosh his voice in the video is nice and deep and he looks cute. Lol at the ladies asking him about a type. Looks like they are into him.

    One more thing that makes me laugh is someone on here said that he is not really interesting a few post back. I beg to differ. Why are soooo many people interested in him then. Just look at everytime he is posted here.


    • Lucy says:

      It’s absolutely nobody’s business who he dates but the situation regarding that woman in particular which is being discussed, is her behaviour. He deserves his private life SO much and I hope one day soon he finds the perfect lady who he will find that happiness with. I hope that he can also keep that away from public knowledge for as long as he possibly can.
      With the right girl and an avoidance of celeb places .. It’s perfectly achievable,

  31. d says:

    I think it’s a combination of scheduling, wanting a break from all attenion/pr-ing he’ll have to do, and the readiness of the film itself. His colleague Martin Freedman mentioned how unreal the attention/paps/craziness was b/c of the Ring and other films he did, so I can only imagine how insane it is for Cumber. He does seem like he’ll need to work out a plan for getting away from it all at the right times. Constant attention/hounding over personal life would push anyone over the edge, unless they were these publicity-seeking types, which I don’t think he is.

  32. Vesta says:

    I’m guessing Kaiser’s theory #6 – with a little twist:
    He’s going to be filming 50 Shades of Grey instead. And Katia the model/actress is casted as Anastasia Steele.

  33. Katie says:

    Crimson Peak is a spec script Del Toro wrote back in 2006 that he couldn’t find a studio for.

    My understand is that it’s a great idea, but an awful script. Del Toro was reportedly rewriting it with someone helping like months ago, but I don’t think it’s coming together.

    My guess is 2 with a side of 8.

  34. Tish says:

    Somebody should ban “Russian” and “K****” in the comment section! Hahaha! My god. I enjoyed it a few weeks back but right now it just makes me and other posters here sick. That woman and his PR boyfriend are shameless to the bone.

    Yep. Stone dropped out for no reason too (scheduling conflict was just an excuse). Sorry, Del Toro but it really seems you’ve got a troubled script in your hands. If I were Chastain or Wasikowska I would want to quit too especially if they cast Dan Stevens to replace Cumby. The horror!!! Who wants to act alongside Hunnam and Stevens???

  35. Daniella says:

    Sorry to keep this Russian chick story going but I saw something on tumblr weeks back when those other pics of them all up on each other were leaked that pissed me off.

    I felt like some of BC’s fans were being fake. When they got ahold of the pics and kept reblogging them they would say things like “oh they looks so cute together” “oh what a lovely couple” really???

    These were the same fans who went after her days earlier calling her names and dubbing her “bikini girl”. Then when it was announced that they were NOT dating those same fans said: I knew he wouldn’t go out with that skank and famewhore.

    I’m not a fan of Katia. Not from day one and never will be. But atleast I never switched it like some of his fans did. Sorry guys had to get that off my chest cause sometimes some of his fans really piss me off. And this is coming from someone who is a fan of his.

  36. allheavens says:

    Either the script was a mess, he’s just tired or he ditch so he could do Oldman’s film.

    I also think he is concentrating a lot of his efforts into the Alan Turing role. Career wise he’s on a roll, Crimson Peak would be a trifle and he’s got bigger game to kill.

  37. Kronster says:

    Just to put my 2 cents in it.
    Since the pics are from the set of Sherlock, it’s going to be about Sherlock. Well, sorta :)
    I recently watched Elementary and, um, yeah.
    It’s a nice show, quite interesting actually, I like what Jonny Lee Miller did to Sherlock, he’s very dynamic and different from the BBC one. His relationship with Watson is amazing. Especially in the first episodes.
    Now here goes the part when I’ll bash it a bit: the plot is usually the same – there’s murder, they find a suspect, believe it was him/her, then it turns out it wasn’t and they finally catch the real killer. I mean yeah, but c’mon. I don’t feel any tension or anything.
    I dunno, watching the BBC version, I sat very tight to my chair. There were so many emotions after seeing it. Emotions that my poor English can’t describe, I’m afraid.

    And back to Elementary:I HATE what they did to Irene. God, the last two episodes destroyed the whole bloody season!!!
    Irene is Moriarty. Meh.

    We always complain that it takes so much time to film BBC Sherlock, but I see now that it’s worth it. This show is brilliant, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything as extraordinary.

  38. Katie says:

    Don’t know if it’s true, but it’s now been reported that he took another role which conflicted.

  39. T. Fanty Fan says:

    Oh Yes-Fanty please do a book! It will be wonderful I am sure!

  40. Shiv says:

    I actually believe he is still banging she who shall not be named. He is likely keeping things very quiet following the unnecessary uproar. Her social page comments are very much now about work as opposed to who she is\where she is – something tells me she’s been asked to do this. The PR Guy ‘Blair’ someone mentioned above was her boyfriend but is apparently not as of early summer. As for Lydia, she is with Kevin Connelly and very public about that! BC enjoys ‘punching above his weight’ and ‘is no longer in a rush to get married’ so I cant see why he wouldn’t be with her?

    • Ginger says:

      I think you may be right.

      Smart men, stupid choices.

      • Tish says:

        Just wanted to read the Hiddles-Cumby make-believe marriage again to have a good laugh then I come across these comments.

        I really don’t think anything happened between them at all. With Lydia, I can buy that but with this woman? Nah.The publicist bf just re-tweeted a promotional ad for her play. They are together alright. He’s also the “person to contact” in the play’s official press release.

        The Independent piece, aside from her tackily posting it on her social networks is such a good PR polishing move with the mention of “actress”, “Chelsea” and “Chanel”. They’re building her up as this posh high-class beauty so much.

        She also posted a Daily Mail photo of her and her sister on instagram. The article said “her dream is to be a hollywood star”. She wants it bad. I think she thinks that like past Leon Max muses (Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Lily Cole), she can crossover to Hollywood. I don’t see a future at all. Rosie and Lily stand out. She’s plain, she doesn’t have the body and she’s old. She got her 15-minutes of fame with those photos but that’s it.

        Her wikipedia was a battlefield a few weeks back. Some poster from London (IP add) kept on including fluff pieces and unnecessary details to make her look accomplished and connected to Cumby. They even uploaded their own photos for her headshot (says a lot really). It’s a good thing that a lof of editors interfered and removed the rumors in her personal life section.

    • Lucy says:

      @shiv. Why would you think she’s not with her PR BF anymore? I’ve heard they very much are still together. Have been for years.

    • Peppy says:

      Yeah, I’d be interested to see where you heard to too, Shiv. She lives with the BF and furthermore I don’t believe anything has ever happened with BC. All engineered to get her so e publicity.. it couldn’t be more obvious.
      And the reason the FB hinting has stopped is because she doesn’t need to do it anymore. She’s got her injection of big publicity that she wanted.
      One huge reason he wouldn’t be with her is because she’s a fame hungry nightmare. Have you seen the article she’s posted on instagram of herself in the independent? She’s listed as “actress”. Not model/actress. Just actress. So she’s decided she’s purely an actress now with no experience at all? And she says she was chosen for the part because shes “like her character”
      Give me strength.

    • Katie says:

      Unlikely, given that she’s the one who dumped him into a PR nightmare to begin with. You can bet his own PR and his friends gave him an earful.

    • Lauren says:

      She is with the PR guy. I also don’t think there was any ‘uproar’. BC is not with her. That’s that.
      I think people need to stop giving her publicity the oxygen she craves. I’d hate to see him dragged into the promo for that awful reality show.